A few days after the announcement of Aorus Radeon 5700 XT, Gigabyte is launching another GPU, the Radeon RX 5500 XT, that comes in two different variants and sizes. One of them is Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming OC whereas the other is Radeon RX 5500 XT OC. Both of the models are available in either 8GB or 4GB GDDR6 VRAM options.
Featuring the latest AMD 7nm RDNA technology, these GPUs ensure maximum performance per clock. Furthermore, they fully support the new Radeon Boost feature introduced in the latest Adrenalin 2020 Edition. In order to keep the temperature under control, these Radeon GPUs also come with Gigabyte WINDFORCE technology with alternate spinning fans.
With the support for 1 HDMI and 3 display port outputs, you can connect up to 4 displays simultaneously. All of these models support PCIe 4.0 x16 interface to provide huge bandwidths.
Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING OC
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING OC is available in 8GB and 4GB GDDR6 options. Apart from the difference in memory size, all of the specifications are identical in these variants. Gaming OC comes with a base and boost clock of 1685 and 1845 MHz respectively. Whereas the game clock is set to 1737 MHz.
Supporting three 80 mm alternate spinning fans, Gaming OC maintains a cool performance even under high loads. Along with the GPU, even the VRAM and MOSFET takes advantage of high-performance cooling, thanks to the WINDFORCE technology. Additionally, the composite heat pipes help to dissipate the heat effectively. As a result, you will experience extremely stable gaming performance even at boost clocks.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING OC also comes with RGB Fusion 2.0 so you can configure the lighting as per your taste. Moreover, it also gives the ability to synchronize with other Aorus devices.
Just like the gaming OC, this version also comes in 4GB and 8GB variants. However, Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING OC supports a little lower base and boost clocks of 1647 and 1845 respectively. The game clock is also slightly lower at 1733 MHz. Honestly, that doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of performance.
Instead of three 80mm fans as in Gaming OC, the OC version comes with two bigger 90mm fans. Sadly, it doesn’t come with RGB Fusion 2.0 support. But if you’re seeking for performance instead of aesthetics, you cannot go wrong with this card either.
Other than these differences, these GPUs support the exact same specifications. Due to the high-quality construction and protection backplate, these Gigabyte Graphic cards boast a longer lifespan. Also, they come with a support for Freesync 2 HDR technology.
Pricing and Availability
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT OC costs $209.99 whereas the Gaming OC model costs a little more at $219.99 USD. If you make a purchase before January 27, 2020, you’re eligible to get Monster Hunter: Iceborne Master Edition game for free. Not only that, but you will also have access to 3 months of XBOX game pass for PC.